Drug and Alcohol Problems
: Translating Research into Policy, Education, and Practice

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Abstract

This contextual statement covers my early career as a healthcare practitioner and the moves that I have made into research and higher education roles and the subsequent published work. I have been concerned with the interplay between research, policy, and practice in the field of problem drug and alcohol use which is the primary goal of this PhD. The aim of this contextual statement is to demonstrate my contribution and impact from 11-published works in the public domain all within the overarching thread of drug and alcohol problems. The works presented here include opiate drug treatment outcomes; technical alcohol preventive policy development in workplaces; and the technology transfer of complex interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in hazardous drinking populations.

This document contains an autobiographical account of my work roles and an examination of the published works with regards to their contribution and impact. There is a chapter that contains a retrospective critique of research methods used in two research studies of the published works.

The impact and contribution of my published works are represented in other academic papers and reports that helped shape drug treatment policy during the period 2000 to 2004 for the prevention of drug-related deaths as a pragmatic approach to treatment programme development. The alcohol prevention policy development in the workplace has a different contribution and impact with regards to drug and alcohol policy both at the local, regional, national and international levels. The brief alcohol intervention and motivational interviewing published works have enabled me to move forward in further research in this area in a novel setting within the criminal justice system.

The submission demonstrates the development in my professional and academic roles that has established my reputation as a translator of research, practice, and education. It shows how I have become and continue to be an expert who is engaged to develop others in industry and government with regards to the prevention of problem alcohol and drug use in workplaces both at international and national levels. My unique experiences have enabled me to develop the skill of translating my specialist knowledge and understanding into policy, practice, and education.
Date of Award23 Jul 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Winchester
SupervisorAdam Palmer (Supervisor) & Judith Lathlean (Supervisor)

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